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  • Summary: Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished. (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. Assuming you can appreciate the high level of gore and assorted sadistic weirdness, the action is satisfying.
  2. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    50
    The script isn't what matters here: This is a slasher movie with guns, and, uh, huh-huh, that's pretty cool.
  3. 50
    It looks great, it hurtles through its paces and is well-acted. The soundtrack is like elevator music if the elevator were in a death plunge. The special effects are state of the art. Its only flaw is that it's disgusting.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    38
    A disappointingly schlocky effort that gives up on trying to make a realistic Punisher movie, settling instead on a hokey, multi-colored-neon gun rave best enjoyed in Rob Zombie's family room.
  5. The acting is better than the script deserves and Lexi Alexander's cut-to-the-hearse direction lends the film considerable kick.
  6. There is no stylistic thrill to this blunt object of a callous action film. It's content to bludgeon the audience into numb resignation.
  7. 0
    All Alexander proves in Punisher: War Movie is that a martial-arts-trained woman can make a film just as stupid, coarse and numbing as any muscle man.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 46
  2. Negative: 10 out of 46
  1. DF
    Dec 14, 2008
    10
    Absolutely brilliant! A huge congrats to Lexi Alexander. Finally a Punisher movie with some balls. Perfectly cast, perfect amount of violence, and as a huge Punisher fan, the best movie adaption of the Punisher hands down. Wow, I thought no one would ever get it right. Ray Stevenson is much more menacing on screen than any previous Punisher. Definitely a movie for the fans and not for the critics. Expand
  2. JustinS
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    If you're a snob that can't enjoy movies, don't see this. If you appreciate enjoyable movies, watch Punisher: War Zone. It's one of those movies the critics were completely wrong about. Rent it at Redbox, it's free on Mondays, and only $1 anyways. If you don't enjoy this movie, I feel sorry for you. Expand
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    10
    This is my favorite of the 3 Punisher movies although I thoroughly enjoyed the one starring Dolph Lundgren. This one is gritty, **** in your face death and destruction with no apologies. The action is sweet, the weapons are bad-ass, and Ray Stevenson's Frank Castle are spot on. Expand
  4. CoyC.
    Dec 7, 2008
    8
    First off, the critics have been a bit harsh when reviewing this film. I respect Roger Ebert and I generally sift through the reviews here to see what he has to say about most movies that I watch. His is a fair review. As far as film quality, this is no Godfather. Then again it's not supposed to be. War Zone is the Punisher pulled from the adult targeted comics and projected on screen. The gore and violence is over the top, but then again Frank Castle is an over the top vigilante. I loathed the Dolph Lundgren Punisher. There was very little about that film that resembled the Punisher that fans know and love. The Thomas Jane Punisher wasn't as bad as many will argue, but I am sympathetic to the fact that his Punisher was poorly scripted and spent way too much time on a muddled and wrong backstory. As much as Thomas Jane loved the character, he couldn't save that movie from the rightful criticism that they took the worst corny elements from the Max line and used them for the story. However, this time the Punisher has been done right. They took some of the best elements of the comics and brought them to life on screen and it's going to be a pleasing spectacle for all fans of the Punisher comic line. Also of note, they ignored the fact that the last two films existed and thereby relaunched with the proper origin story unlike the Jane film. As a huge Punisher fan, I am glad they finally cast someone who looks the part, plays the part well, and more importantly filmed a script that does justice to the character. I can only hope the film is successful enough to warrant a sequel. Expand
  5. R.Lopez
    Mar 18, 2009
    7
    The Punisher: War Zone was a very good comic book adaption, actually it was much better than I expected, this 2008 reboot of the 2004 The Punisher with Thomas Jane and John Travolta(Which was just as good as this one.) is actually a straight out comic book adaption of a mini series which is the title of this film. Ray Stevenson( who I thought was a better Punisher than Thomas Jane.) stars as the titled character who continues his four year fight against organized crime. And has to confront his greatest foe. Jigsaw, Jigsaw was a underboss named Bill Ruso( they slightly changed it for the movie Rousoti.) who was nearly killed by the Punisher, and now wants his revenge for horribly disfiguring him and will stop at nothing to kill him. The Punisher: War Zone is nothing like the first, the first was much tamer and less violent than this, and that's what separates these tow form one another. The Tones are different and the stories are different, giving you a whole new feel when your watching this film. You don't see the first one , your not thinking of the first one, your watching a whole new movie that is just as good( and maybe even better.) than the first. Expand
  6. Aug 8, 2013
    5
    War Zone is shorter and leaner than the previous reboot was, but still contains the same storytelling flaws that haunted the first reboot. However, its devastatingly brutal nature may compensate for the miscues in the script for some. Expand
  7. JK
    Dec 9, 2008
    0
    Thanks hollywood for ruining what should have been a great movie... again. Will the punisher ever get a good film?

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